Mark your calendars for the 2nd Friday of each month. It is held at the UU Congregation, 4027 E. Lincoln Dr., in the sanctuary from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

JANUARY 10:   THE CAMINO FRANCES:  WALKING SPAIN’S MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE – by Jan Kaplan

In 2017, Jan walked the entire Camino Francés, or “French Way”,  from the border of France to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, stopped for a couple of days, and then decided to keep walking to the ocean…a total of 747 miles.  Come learn about this medieval pilgrimage route, and why people from all over the world continue to be drawn to it.  You will walk with Jan, join her with friends and in solitude, and understand why she did a second pilgrimage, the Camino Portugués (Portuguese Way) in 2018.

FEBRUARY 14JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II by Ruth Braunstein

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 110,000 to 120,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and sent to live in “relocation centers” in the western part of the U.S.  Ruth Nagashima Braunstein and her family lived at Manzanar Relocation Center, near Lone Pine, Calif. for over two years. She will share some of their experiences and show you photographs of internment life.

MARCH 13:  LAKE GARDA, VENICE AND EASTERN ADRIATIC PORTS, TURKEY AND GREECE SEAPORTS – by Bill and Joy Mee

In June 2018, Bill and Joy Mee spent three weeks exploring Lake Garda’s ancient and modern city of Sirmione, Venice and nearby islands.  They joined a cruise ship, which stopped in Rab, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; and various ports in Greece including Corfu, Olympia, Spetes, Crete, Santorini (with a stop in Ksadasi and Ephesus, Turkey in between) Volos and Makrintsa before disembarking in Pireaus/Athens.  They saw lots of historical sites and evidence of ancient civilizations as well as beautiful scenery and gardens.  In Athens, they visited the Acropolis Museum.

APRIL 10:  ­ EXPLORING CROATIA AND SLOVENIA by Todd and Stephanie Haughton

In May/June of 2019, Todd and Stephanie spent two weeks traveling through Croatia and Slovenia, which prior to 1991 were parts of Yugoslavia. These countries share a rich history that includes being controlled and influenced by the Romans, Venetians, Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes. Todd and Steph traveled with family and friends through spectacular scenery, learned about the region’s fascinating history, and met wonderful people along the way. They explored incredible caves and alpine landscapes in Slovenia. While in Croatia, they immersed themselves in beautiful waterfall parks, and enjoyed a week-long “bike and barge” tour through many interesting islands and towns along the Dalmatian coast.

MAY 8:   UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DUBAI AND ABU DHABI) by Barbara Cawthorne

Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East.  It was a fishing village in the early 18th century.   Oil revenue helped the development of the city, but today Dubai’s oil production levels are low:  less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil.  Dubai’s economy today relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.   Abu Dhabi is the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial center, due to its being the capital. It accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.

If you have any questions about Traveling 2nd Fridays, call Barbara Cawthorne at (480) 994-1452. Join us for this one-hour presentation and everyone is welcome! Remember: MARK your calendars for the 2nd Friday of each month from January through May.